At 5-12, it’s been a trying season for the young Summit girls volleyball team, but they put a silver lining on an otherwise tough season with a strong performance at their annual Tiger Invite varsity tournament Saturday.
With convincing wins in straight sets over Middle Park and Denver North, the girls headed into a third game against league powerhouse Battle Mountain (18-1 on the season). The winner would move on to play in the tournament final.
After taking the first set 25-23, the lady Tigers fought hard in the second eventually losing 19-25. Playing a best of three format in the early rounds of the tournament, the girls started strong in the third set by taking a 3-0 lead. The team continued to fight, often up on the rival Knights, taking Battle Mountain to 13-13 tie. With some questionable calls by the officials, Battle Mountain was able to win the final set 15-13.
“Man, that was the hardest fought match they have played all year,” Tiger head coach Liz Hughes said of her team’s effort. “They (Battle Mountain) don’t make a lot of mistakes.”
Hughes also said her young team has made a dramatic improvement late in the season.
“The team we were three weeks ago, we wouldn’t have done that.”
The Tigers lost their final game in the tournament against Glenwood and finished fourth on the day. Hughes credited some misserves and unforced errors for the loss.
“Tough loss to end a tiring day.”
Battle Mountain went on to win the tournament. Eagle Valley finished second.
“Today was the best they’ve played all season,” Hughes said of her team after the tournament. “Kates Raymond (senior captain) played out of her mind.”
The girls will have a chance at a rematch as they travel to Glenwood on Tuesday. They’ll close the season at home to Delta Saturday, Oct. 26.